Saturday, January 14, 2017

notmovingpictures Episode 048: Mass Shootings and Back Tracking On Campaign Promises

I was up late, my mind on several things, so I decided to go ahead and record something at the risk of sounding sleep deprived and not very lucid. Normally when news breaks I give it some time for things to settle down before I weigh in. That way some of the hype has died down and a modicum of common sense can be appreciated. Sometimes. On this night though I felt like talking about the Ft Lauderdale Airport shooting as well as Donald Trump backing out of another of his campaign promises, as was to be expected. He's a conman who tricked his way into the presidency. He just told bigger lies than the career politicians.



Opening music: Alloy - Live To See The Day
Closing music: Vox Populi - Everything

Email: notmovingpictures@gmail.com
Twitter: @notmovingpics
Blog: notmovingpictures.blogspot.com

Written and Published by Don Leach. May not be used without permission from the author.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Ten For Tuesday Episode 105

I had plans to have this episode ready so that I could upload it while I was in Peru. That didn't happen thanks to less than dependable Wi-Fi, tourist illness and a lot of other things. But now I am back in the U.S. and hopefully the illness is behind me so it's time to catch up on everything I've left waiting in the wings. The good news is I got a ton of Peruvian punk and metal while down there so soon I'll be digitizing it for future episodes. As for this one, well it's an eclectic mix so show it some love, alright?



The Black Black - The Plan Is There Is No Plan
Low Fat Getting High - No More Feeling
The Zig Zags - Sunken City
Chuck Prophet - Alex Nieto
The Smithereens - Sorry
Teenage Fanclub - Loves Taken Over
Soul Asylum - When I See You
Bob Mould - Hanging Tree
Erica Freas - Please Go Walk In The Rain
Colin Hay - I Want You Back

Ten For Tuesday is a podcast dedicated to playing the music I couldn't find anywhere else. The music I like varies from style to style, genre to genre and era to era. You will hear punk, ska, rock, Americana, metal, country, rockabilly and more from all over the world. It doesn't matter if it's a major label or indie as long as I like it then it gets played. The motto is Less Talk More Music which means you won't hear me waxing poetic for fifteen minutes between songs. At TFT its all about the music...and me of course.

Email: tenfortuesday@gmail.com Twitter:@notmovingpics 
Blog: www.notmovingpictures.blogspot.com

Old Episodes can be found by going to www.archive.org and searching for Ten For Tuesday

Written and Published by Don Leach. May not be used without permission from the author.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Staring At The Stars

Charles, Tommy and me, the three of us decided to get an apartment together while in college. Tommy knew Charles from high school, they graduated in the same class and though I knew Charles I didn’t really know him. Tommy well, that was another thing entirely. He was my best friend, my brother from other parents. I was two years ahead of both of them and had spent those two years off and on in college occasionally going to class.

The place we found to live in was in the southern part of Tahlequah just off of highway 62. There was a small cluster of one story apartments, two to a building, all around each other and we got one with a standard three month lease. On the other side of us were these girls from Tri-Sigma sorority whom I passively tried to impress by playing my music loud and by laying on the hood of Tommy’s car at night where I would stare at the stars. I was young and dumb, what do you expect?

The question to ask though is did it work? Did I impress them? Since they never spoke to me or even acknowledged my existence I would say no. Overall the Tri-Sigs were known to be a bit stuck up so perhaps it wasn’t totally an indication of my lack of importance on the social scale. Yeah, I can’t even keep a straight face as I type that bull. I wasn’t anybody that mattered in their world. I was just a nothing occasionally seen but never heard.

My personality consisted of being a nervous bundle of insecurity with a bad self-image and very low self-esteem. A single “Hi” from one of them would have made my year.  A smile accompanying that “Hi” would have had me walking on heights I’d never known. They didn’t owe me anything of course and that is exactly what they gave. After all these years I cannot recall any of their names but I’m sure I knew who they were then.

But those nights spent on the hood of Tommy’s car, now they were worth remembering. Staring at the stars made me realize how small and insignificant we all were in the grand scheme of things. It wasn’t just me feeling the way I did. Somewhere else another person could be having the same thoughts, doubts and dreams as me. Those stars and the night sky made anything seem possible. Childhood sci-fi dreams lived on in my vivid imagination as I stared upward. The future was infinite. Maybe there was somebody out there that would actually like me for me. I’m talking of the female persuasion here.

What wasn’t infinite however was our time in that apartment. Before the three month lease was up Charles deserted Tommy and me. He found a better deal I guess. Tommy and I ended up moving into a two bedroom cabin with our friends Gary and Chris in a speed trap little speck of a town west of Tahlequah named Hulbert. It turned out to be a better deal for us too. No rent or utilities and only a minor infestation of field mice. And when I say minor I’m understating it on a grand level but it was okay considering everything else.

That part of Tahlequah we lived in is very different today. The city expanded and grew and that little area disappeared, consumed by the ever growing hunger of big business and the expanding economy of a college town. Where we spent those three short months no longer exists except in my memories. I wonder if anybody else who lived there remembers that place. Even if it is just an occasional thought every few years or so, it still counts.

Written and Published by Don Leach. May not be used without permission from the author.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

notmovingpictures Episode 047: Racist, False News and The President Elect

Finally I decided to speak my mind on what has been going on in this country with the Presidential election and the fallout from it as well as the mindframe of the citizenry. I do like to wait for the initial uproar to die down and gather the facts before delving into any kind of subject. Believe me, this one is rough. People have lost their collective minds on both sides of the fence. Insanity rules and will likely do so for at least four years. But what do I know, right? Just my opinion.



Opening music: Alloy - Live To See The Day Closing music: Conmen - Spoon Fed Boy

Email: notmovingpictures@gmail.com Twitter: @notmovingpics Blog: notmovingpictures.blogspot.com Older episodes of the podcast can be found at archive.org, just search for notmovingpictures. Written and Published by Don Leach. May not be used without permission from the author.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Ten For Tuesday Episode 104

Continuing on from the musical direction of episode 103 comes ten more great songs from my favorite era of music to listen to, 1977-1983-ish. So much amazing music was created so be sure to check back often, more episodes to come, especially if I can get my laptop fixed and recover a ton of music. I can only hope.



The Go-Go's - Get Up And Go
Surf Punks - My Beach
X - The Have Nots
Sex Pistols - Holiday In The Sun
Elvis Costello - Radio Radio
The Clash - Should I Stay Or Should I Go
Talking Heads - Once In A Lifetime
The English Beat - Stand Down Margaret
The Police - Canary In A Coalmine
The Jam - Going Underground

Ten For Tuesday is a podcast dedicated to playing the music I couldn't find anywhere else. The music I like varies from style to style, genre to genre and era to era. You will hear punk, ska, rock, Americana, metal, country, rockabilly and more from all over the world. It doesn't matter if it's a major label or indie as long as I like it then it gets played. The motto is Less Talk More Music which means you won't hear me waxing poetic for fifteen minutes between songs. At TFT its all about the music...and me of course.

Email: tenfortuesday@gmail.com Twitter:@notmovingpics
Blog: www.notmovingpictures.blogspot.com
Old Episodes can be found by going to www.archive.org and searching for Ten For Tuesday

Written and Published by Don Leach. May not be used without permission from the author.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Ten For Tuesday Episode 103: Back Again

Sometimes things just don't work out the way you want them to. I had an episode almost ready and intended to upload it while I was on vacation in Peru but that didn't happen. First of all I got sick and then the wifi available to me was spotty at best. Even so I figured I'd just finish it once I returned home. That didn't happen either because shortly after coming home my laptop died and I haven't had the funds to try and get it fixed. Right now I have to beg time from my wife to use her laptop. Hopefully in the near future my situation will improve but if not, well, I'll just keep on going until it does. Income tax return days aren't too far off now are they? Enough of that, I've been a mood for music from a certain period of time, probably my favorite time of all, from around 1977 to 1982 or 1983 give or take. There was some great raw music created in that era. Sit back and enjoy because the next two episodes are almost done as well and there will be more of this to come.



Adam & The Ants - Desperate But Not Serious
Devo - Girl U Want
Blondie - Hanging On The Telephone
The English Beat - Mirror In The Bathroom
Oingo Boingo - Dead Man's Party
Billy Idol - Rebel Yell
U2 - I Will Follow
The Police - So Lonely
The Cars - Let's Go
The Go-Go's - Turn To You

Ten For Tuesday is a podcast dedicated to playing the music I couldn't find anywhere else. The music I like varies from style to style, genre to genre and era to era. You will hear punk, ska, rock, Americana, metal, country, rockabilly and more from all over the world. It doesn't matter if it's a major label or indie as long as I like it then it gets played. The motto is Less Talk More Music which means you won't hear me waxing poetic for fifteen minutes between songs. At TFT its all about the music...and me of course.

Email: tenfortuesday@gmail.com Twitter:@notmovingpics 
Blog: www.notmovingpictures.blogspot.com
Old Episodes can be found by going to www.archive.org and searching for Ten For Tuesday

Written and Published by Don Leach. May not be used without permission from the author.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

notmovingpictures Episode 46: My Peruvian Vacation

This episode was recorded on September 30th, the last day of my Peruvian vacation. Not long after I returned home I had almost all of the podcast edited and planned on finishing it the next day and then uploading it. Except then my laptop died. Everything on it has been unavailable including all of my saved episodes, my music, pictures, documents, etc and quite realistically it all may be lost for good. Luckily I still had the file on my recorder and so I was able to use a computer and download the editing program and start over. Since I want to get this up I have decided not to do any editing on the content. Normally I will take out too many uhhhs or if I cough or sniffle because I feel it distracts from what was being said. Not this time though. What we have here is a conversation between myself and my brother-in-law Gary Rivera. Gary was preparing to emigrate to the U.S. and we talked about the differences in our countries as well as what I did on my vacation. Since this was recorded in Peru and is a great deal about Peru I decided to close the episode with some Peruvian metal. Enjoy.



Opening music: Alloy - Live To See The Day
Closing music: M.A.S.A.C.R.E. - Sombras de la Humilidad

Email: notmovingpictures@gmail.com
Twitter: @notmovingpics
Blog: notmovingpictures.blogspot.com

Older episodes of the podcast can be found at archive.org, just search for notmovingpictures.

Written and Published by Don Leach. May not be used without permission from the author.